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Monday, May 14, 2018
ON THIS DAY
Four series of note concluded: “Family Ties” on NBC and Cybill Shepherd/Bruce Willis detective dramedy “Moonlighting” on ABC, both in 1989; NBC’s “Seinfeld” in 1998; and the NBC political drama “The West Wing” in 2006. Celebrity birthdays: Director George Lucas (“Star Wars”) is 74; Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is 49; Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is 34; “iCarly” star Miranda Cosgrove is 25.-Did You Know?:
The producers originally wanted Matthew Broderick to play Alex P. Keaton (instead of Michael J. Fox) on “Family Ties,” but the actor had to decline the role when his father, James Broderick, became terminally ill. James Broderick, of course, played Meredith Baxter’s father on ABC drama“Family” (which aired from 1976 to 1980).
RATINGS BOX                                                                    

Note: The metered market (overnight) household results for Sunday, May 13 were not available at press time. But please visit our website later this morning for the results.

Fast Affiliate data
-Friday 5/11/18: Click here
-Saturday 5/12/18: Click here

Live+Same Day data
-Monday 5/07/18: Click here
-Tuesday 5/08/18: Click here
-Wednesday 5/09/18: Click here
-Thursday 5/10/18: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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TV UPDATESUpfronts 2018: NBC to Launch 3 New Series This Fall, 9 Total
From PromaxBDATouting its position as the number-one broadcast network in primetime, NBC is taking a somewhat modest approach this fall that will carry into next season. Even though the network is premiering just three new series — dramas “Manifest” and “New Amsterdam,” and comedy “I Feel Bad” — this fall, the changes will impact each of the five weeknights with Saturday, which no network aggressively programs, and Sunday remaining intact.

Midseason will feature the arrivals of sitcom “Abby’s,” new reality/competition “The Titan Games” from Dwayne Johnson, spin-off “America’s Got Talent: Champions” and three additional new dramas – “The Enemy Within,” “The Village” and “The InBetween.”

Returning in midseason on NBC will be dramas “The Blacklist” and “Good Girls,” sitcoms “A.P. Bio” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which was a last minute pick up for 13 new episodes after Fox opted against a sixth season, and non-scripted “The Wall” and “Ellen’s Game of Games.”

Additionally, “World of Dance” from Jennifer Lopez is a go for a third season in the summer of 2019. And the jury is still out on sophomore adventure drama “Timeless” and recently introduced “Champions.” Not returning on the network will be sitcom “Great News” and dramas “The Brave,” “Taken” and “The Night Shift.”

In total, NBC will present nine new series in the 2018-19 TV season, with the breakdown five dramas, two sitcoms, and two reality/competitions.

What does this all mean? For an analysis of NBC’s fall 2018 primetime line-up,click here

Fox Revives Sitcom “Last Man Standing” for 2018-19
After months of speculation, Fox has confirmed the pick-up of former ABC sitcom “Last Man Standing,” starring Tim Allen, for the upcoming TV season. Despite still respectable ratings, the alphabet network canceled it after six seasons last spring.

“Last Man Standing” stars Tim Allens as Mike Baxter, a married father of three girls, who tries to maintain his manliness in a world increasingly dominated by women.  Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, the series also features Nancy Travis, Jonathan Adams, Amanda Fuller, Christoph Sanders and Jordan Masterson.

The network has not announced how many episodes it has ordered.

NBC Announces “America’s Got Talent: The Champions
NBC, Syco Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America and executive producer Simon Cowell have announced that the most talented and memorable acts in series history to compete with one another when “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” nest winter. Cowell will return as one of the judges.

“‘America’s Got Talent’ dominates the summer by bringing together The World’s Best ‘Got Talent’ acts for all ages with unique talents to the forefront,”said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “Bringing the best ‘Got Talent’ competitors together for this winter edition will have these favorites elevating their acts to awe and inspire audiences like never before.

The upcoming 13th season of the summertime edition of “America’s Got Talent” will launch Tuesday, May 29 at 8 p.m. ET.

Sponsor
PBS: Always Uncluttered & Category Exclusive for SponsorsClutter and commercial loads are the talk of this year’s upfronts. At PBS, low commercial clutter and uninterrupted content have always been our approach, with just two 60-second, category-exclusive sponsor pods per episode. Corporate sponsors stand out on PBS.

Learn more about the best sponsorships on PBS at SGPTV.org

NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTSFX Orders Half-Hour Drama “Mr. Inbetween”
FX has placed a series order for Mr Inbetween, a half-hour drama series created by and starring Scott Ryan and directed by Nash Edgerton. In “Mr Inbetween,” Ryan plays Ray Shoesmith, a father, ex-husband, boyfriend and best friend: tough roles to juggle in the modern age. Even harder when you’re a criminal for hire.

The upcoming FX original series was shot in Australia and is produced by Blue-Tongue Films and Jungle Entertainment, in association with FX Productions, Screen Australia and Create NSW.  Michele Bennett is Producer and Ryan, Edgerton and Jason Burrows are Executive Producers.

The six-episode season of “Mr. Inbetween,” written by Ryan and directed by Nash Edgerton (“Gringo,” “The Square”), will air on FX and Foxtel this fall.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Renewal/Cancellation Scorecard Update
ABC has added sitcoms “American Housewife,” “black-ish,” “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Splitting Up Together.; and dramas “For the People,” “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Station 19” to its list of renewals. And the alphabet net has canceled six freshman entries: Dramas “The Crossing,” “Deception,” “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” “Marvel’s Inhumans,” “Ten Days in the Valley;” and comedy “The Mayor.” Also gone on ABC are dramas “Designated Survivor” and “Quantico.”

CBS has confirmed new seasons of comedies “Life in Pieces” and “Man With a Plan;” and dramas “Criminal Minds,” “Elementary” and recently introduced “Instinct.” On the flipside, the Eye net canceled drama “Scorpion” and sophomore comedies “Kevin Can Wait” and “Superior Donuts.”

NBC has renewed “The Blacklist” for a fifth season and has canceled recently introduced drama “Rise.”

Fox has confirmed a third season of “Lethal Weapon” and a fifth — and final — season of “Gotham,” and has swung the axe on dramas “Lucifer” and “The Exorcist.”

The CW has greenlit a fifth season of perennial midseason benchwarmer “iZombie.”

For the complete Renewal/Cancellation scorecard, click here

TBS Renews “The Detour” for Season 4
TBS has renewed comedy “The Detour” for a fourth season, with an unconfirmed number of new episodes. Debuting on April 11, 2016, “The Detour,” created by Jason Jones and Samantha Bee, the series follows Nate Parker, Jr. (Jason Jones), his wife Robin Randall (Natalie Zee), and their kids Delilah (Ashley Gerasimovich) and Jared (Liam Carroll) as they take a different — and disastrous — family vacation each season.

In its recently completed third season, “The Detour” averaged approximately one million linear viewers per episode before DVR and on-demand is factored in.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Season two of sitcom “Raven’s Home,” starring Raven-Symoné, will open on Disney Channel with a week of four new episodes beginning Monday, June 25 at 9:30 a.m. ET. Following the debut week, new episodes will premiere throughout the summer on Tuesday and Friday mornings (at 9:30 a.m. ET, as part of Disney Channel’s GO! Summer that super-serves kids and families all season with new programming and fan-centric off-air events.

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UPFRONT RECAPS
From PromaxBDA-NBC to Launch 3 New Series This Fall, 9 Total – Click here
-Univision Plans for Future Amid Continued Cost Cutting – Click here
-YouTube Boasts Both Scale and Safety at NewFronts – For more, click here
-Hulu Crosses 20 Million Subscriber Mark – Click here
-Linear Model Still Matters for Optimistic PopTV – Click here
-Connector’s Remain Sony Crackle’s Key Target – Click here
-Nat Geo Combines Science, Exploration Storytelling to Broaden Brand – Clickhere
-“New” Discovery Touts Scripps Networks Expansion at Upfronts: Click here
-With “Portlandia” Done, IFC Renews “Brockmire,” “Documentary Now” – Clickhere
-A+E Celebrates Females in Women’s Upfront – Click here
-Nickelodeon to Reboot “Blues Clues;” Introduce New Version of “TMNT” – Clickhere
SPORTS

-2018 NBA Playoffs Conference Finals TV and Announcer Schedule  Click here
-2018 College Softball Conference Championships TV and Announcer Schedule Click here
-2018 NFL Regular Season Weekly TV Schedule on Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN, and NFL Network – Click here
-2018 NFL Monday Night Football Schedule on ESPN – Click here

Play the Broadcast Network Upfront Game 2018
With the broadcast network upfront presentations taking place during the week of May 13th, here is your chance to predict what will occur at our 2018 Broadcast Network Upfront Pick’Em Game! The deadline is when NBC announces their fall schedule on Sunday, May 13 (approximately noonEastern).

For mobile device visitors, click here for a more user-friendly experience. To participate, click here

ON THE AIR TONIGHT

Series finales: “Superior Donuts” on CBS and “Lucifer” on Fox…Season finales: “The Resident” on Fox, and “Fast n’ Loud” on Discovery…“Superior Donuts” concludes its two season run on CBS…Docuseries “Basketball Wives” returns on VH1..For the primetime schedule for Monday, May 14, click here

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TRIVIA CHALLENGE    

A “Chicago” Trio

If you added up the number of seasons on the air at present for “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Med,” how many in total would that be?

a) 11
b) 12
c) 13
d) 14
e) 15

The answer to Friday’s question…

Next week the five broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW — will present their programming plans to advertisers and the media in New York City. At press time, which one of the following network series is still not confirmed to officially return in 2018-19?

a) “A.P. Bio” (NBC)
b) “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (CW)
c) “The Good Place” (NBC)
d) “Modern Family” (ABC)
e) “Superior Donuts” (CBS)
f) they all are

...e) “Superior Donuts” on CBS, which was officially canceled this past weekend.

Trivia All-Stars
Grerry Bixenspan, Maureen Goldman, Caryn Gray, Bob Ingersoll, Debbie Ray, Neal Sabin

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.Today, a showbiz/promotions aggregate mainly for insiders. She has written for Communications Daily, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International plus freelanced for others. Valerie donates and works closely with the Human Rights Campaign (Fed Club Council Member), GLSEN, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal and the Desert Aids Project. She is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club. Milano loves meeting people and does so in her fave getaway Palm Springs as a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and the Old Las Palmas area community member. For years Valerie was a board member and one of the chief organizers for the Television Critics Association’s press tours. The tours take place twice a year in Beverly Hills/Pasadena.